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The 2016 Beacon Satellite Symposium will be held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) at Trieste, Italy, from 27 June to 1 July 2016.

A web site for the Symposium will be opened soon; check back here for a link to it when available.

Dear Colleagues,

    We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Beacon Satellite Symposium will be held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy on June 27 – July 1, 2016.  Dr. Sandro Radicella and Dr. Bruno Nava have graciously offered to be the local hosts this symposium.

    This meeting will provide a unique opportunity for ionospheric scientists from all over the world to meet and collaborate on the ionospheric effects on radio propagation. This meeting is primarily sponsored by the Beacon Satellite Group of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission G. The Beacon Satellite Group is interdisciplinary, servicing science, research, application and engineering interests. These interests include all aspects of satellite signals observed on the ground and by receivers on-board satellites.

    The Beacon Satellite Studies Group was originally formed in 1972, with the first Symposium at Graz, Austria. Symposia have continued to meet at two to four year intervals with meetings held at various worldwide locations. From the beginning, the two main areas of interest in Beacon Satellite Studies have been Ionospheric Electron Content and Scintillation. With more recent developments in ionospheric tomography, occultation techniques, assimilation models, distributed arrays of ionospheric measurements, IHY and IPY activities and satellite based navigation and communication systems; these studies have gained new momentum and perspectives.

We invite you to consider attending this distinctive symposium. Details on the abstract submittal process together with all the other organizational details will soon be listed on the Beacon Satellite web site at:  At this time, we anticipate an abstract deadline of 15 January 2015.  Please be sure to check our web site for further announcements.

    It is our intent to waive the registration fee and to assist travel costs for a limited number of students and attendees from developing countries. The total level of assistance will depend on sponsorship funding. Information on applications for assistance will also be available soon on our web site.

We sincerely hope to see you in Trieste, Italy for the 2016 International Beacon Satellite Symposium.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Doherty
Chair, Beacon Satellite Studies Working Group
URSI Commission G


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The 2013 Beacon Satellite Symposium was held at the Assembly Rooms, Bath, U.K. from 8-12 July 2013.  Prof. Cathryn Mitchell, BSc, PhD, of the University of Bath was the local organizer of the Symposium. 

The 2013 Symposium's website is here: